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Useful Italian phrases for your holiday

We hope you have found our mini blog series useful this week. Today we will be giving you common Italian phrases which will help you on your travels.

The Basics


Formal: Salve/Arrivederci (Sal-veh/Arri-vay-der-chee)

Informal: Ciao (for both hello and goodbye) (Chow)


Si/No (See/Noh)

Please/Thank you

Per favore/Gratzie (Per fa-voray/Grat-see)

Key Phrases

Where is the toilet?

Dove la toilette? (Do-ve lah twa-lettay?)

How much does it cost?

Quanto costa? (Kwanto kosta?)

Where is the bureau de change?

Dove posso cambiare I soldi? (Do-ve pos-so kamb-yaray ee soldee?)

Where can I get a taxi?

Dove posso trovare un taxi? (Do-vay posso tro-varay oon taksee?)

Can you recommend a good local restaurant?

Ci puo consigliare un buon ristorante locale? (Chee pwo konseel-yaray oon bwon reesto-rantay lo-kalay?)

A glass of red/white wine please. 

Un bicchiere di vino rosso/bianco, per favore. (Oon beek-yeray dee veeno rosso/byan-ko, por favoray.)

A beer, please.

Una bierra, per favore. (Oona beer-ra, por favoray.)

The bill, please.

Il conto, por favore. (Eel conto, por favoray.)

Can I pay by credit card?

Posso pagare con la carta di credito? (Pos-so pa-garay kon la karta dee kray-deeto?)

And if all else fails…

Excuse me, do you speak English?

Scusi, parla inglese? (Skoo-zee, parla een-gle-zeh?)

Happy holidays everyone 🙂 We hope these mini phrase guides will help you have a great time abroad!